Einstein for the 21st Century: His Legacy in Science, Art, and Modern Culture

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"A stellar array of twenty historians and philosophers, artists and scientists, and writers and critics has contributed to this fascinating examination of Albert Einstein's legacy and its relevance for our times. We are presented with a multifaceted, interpretive effort to understand in novel terms Einstein's science, music, and politics, his relationship
to God and aesthetics, and his unusual position at the divide between a now-vanished world and a future that will surely retain deep traces of his unique contributions and personality."--Diana K. Buchwald, Einstein Papers Project, Caltech

"Whether serendipitously or by design, many of us have found ourselves involved in some aspect of Einstein's multifaceted legacy. This far-reaching volume of personal essays clarifies why Einstein's persona has been so seductive and so meaningful to us all."--Alice Calaprice, editor of The New Quotable Einstein

"Here is the complete Einstein: the physicist, whose many insights and achievements persist at the forefront of modern science; the man, who remained idealistic, philosophically minded, and politically engaged throughout his life; and the iconic visionary, who continues to inspire individual creativity. This is a generous book, rich with detail."--Tony Robbin, author of Shadows of Reality: The Fourth Dimension in Relativity, Cubism, and Modern Thought

"Einstein for the 21st Century is accessible to a broad readership and attractive because its distinguished authors, all experts in their disciplines, cover a very large intellectual space. There are so many fine and interesting contributions that there is something for nearly every potential reader."--Helge Kragh, University of Aarhus, Denmark

 

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Contents

Who Was Einstein? Why Is He Still So Alive?
3
A Short History of Einsteins Paradise beyond the Personal
15
Einsteins Jewish Identity
27
Einstein and God
35
Einsteins Unintended Legacy The Critique of CommonSense Realism and PostModern Politics
48
Subversive Einstein
59
Einstein and Nuclear Weapons
72
ART AND WORLD
99
SCIENCE AND WORLD
183
The Assassin of Relativity
185
Space Time and Geometry Einstein and Logical Empiricism
205
Einstein as a Student
217
Learning from Einstein Innovation in Science
239
Einstein and h Advances in Quantum Mechanics
257
Einsteins Unknown Contribution to Quantum Theory
270
Einstein and the Quest for a Unified Theory
287

Einstein and 20thCentury Art A Romance of Many Dimensions
101
Rendering Time
130
Into the Bleed Einstein and 21stCentury Art
150
Einstein and Music
161
Seeing the Unseen
176
Energy in Einsteins Universe
299
Notes
311
Contributors
341
Index
349
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Peter L. Galison is the Pellegrino University Professor of the History of Science and of Physics at Harvard University. Gerald Holton is the Mallinckrodt Research Professor of Physics and Research Professor of the History of Science at Harvard. Silvan S. Schweber is professor emeritus of physics and the Richard Koret Professor in the History of Ideas at Brandeis University.

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